With the Lawton Tube Company celebrating its centenary, David Todd visited Coventry to discover more about a rich industrial past and ambitions for the future.
Cousins Oliver and Giles Lawton are the fourth generation of their family to head the UK’s leading independent manufacturer and distributor of copper tube. They are, officially, Joint Managing Directors of the Lawton Tube Company, yet that barely scratches the surface of their true roles.
“The greatest reward of working in this company,” says Oliver, “is being able to see the business flourish, to see people grow their careers, and continue to develop the Lawton brand.
“We have grown in strength because of the actions of the three previous generations. There has been an underlying strategy of re-investing profit back into the business. This has been absolutely crucial to our success for the last 100 years.”
Faced with keeping disruption at a residential care home to a minimum during an ACR installation, air conditioning and heating specialist Castle Climate Control (CCC) chose Conex Bänninger’s flame-free >B< MaxiPro fittings as the jointing solution.
Much of the pipework had to be routed within and around residents’ rooms and in loft areas, with working in often restricted spaces another challenge.
Daikin recently approved the use of 'alternative pipework methods' on its air conditioning and heat pump systems.
The announcement comes in the wake of Mitsubishi Electric that also approved the use of alternative jointing and pipework methods on their heating and cooling systems. The news will be a relief for companies like Reflok that have joint systems that use pressure and not heat to connect air conditioning or heat pump units together.